Shipping Container Architecture will not. go. away. MVRDV’s Container City and LOT-EK’s Mobile Dwelling Unit (above left) are two of the most famous examples, but the irrepressible Adam Kalkin and other makeshift shipping magnates continue to explore the possibilities of a cargo-friendly living — so much so that there was even talk of a shipping container shortage last summer! Enough is enough. And for the final nail in the coffin, see concept designer B. Börkur Eiríksson’s dark vision of a smoggy dystopic future where we’re all crammed into mile-high towers by colossal mobile crane systems.
[image via io9]
Look familiar? Both of the aforementioned projects, Container City and the Mobile Dwelling Unit, have similarities to Eiríksson’s concept drawing. The MDU system is premised on a series of enormous “vertical harbors” installed in every major city around the world. Want to do some traveling? Take your home with you and dock it with the convenient crane. And MVRDV’s Container City? Well even in the original renderings, residents stand casually while fires burn in the center of their (fireproof?) complex:
[image via MVRDV]
If that doesn’t scream distopia, I don’t know what does.
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